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Annual movie catch-up continues

March 27, 2013 - Pam Rodgers
It always seems to happen that at the beginning of the year, I go to the movie theater a lot. Then as the year progresses, my trips become fewer — usually only getting to big releases that I’ve been anticipating. Eventually, I will start playing catch-up as those movies that I missed are released on DVD.

This past weekend, I took in two films that people had been buzzing about for very different reasons — “Pitch Perfect” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

“Pitch Perfect” is a musical comedy starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow. It is a movie about college A Capella groups. I love movie musicals, and I really enjoyed watching NBC’s “The Sing-Off” so this movie was right up my alley.

I loved the film. It’s a movie that I’ll be able to watch over and over and not get sick of it. I was laughing throughout most of the two hours, mostly because of Rebel Wilson. Her character Fat Amy had some great lines. I thought the music they had in it was good. I didn’t realize Anna Kendrick had such a great voice. A Capella music may not be the coolest thing in the world but those who participate in it are very talented musicians. I’m glad the movie showcased that so well.

“Zero Dark Thirty” is not even in the same galaxy as “Pitch Perfect.”

However, I enjoyed the movie too, just in a different way. “Zero Dark Thirty” was a pretty intense two-and-a-half hour movie. It’s not a movie I can watch again and again but I’m glad I saw it. Jessica Chastain was excellent in the role of Maya. She was relentless in her search to find Osama bin Laden.

Because I’m a kind of a nerd, I have watched some of the History Channel specials on Operation Neptune Spear (which was the code-name for the bin Laden mission just in case you wanted to know. I can’t remember if it is said in the movie). Because of the television specials, I had a good idea of what to expect once the movie got to the mission part. I thought the filmmakers did a great job with it. I’m not claiming to be an expert but what the movie did seemed to match up fairly close with the specials.

I’m glad I finally got on board with these two very-different-yet-enjoyable-in-its-own-way movies. To top it off, I was able to get my comedy and drama fix in one weekend. You can’t ask for more than that.



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